Wisconsin Assembly Bill Puts Some Biomedical Research in Jeopardy
Recently introduced state legislation, Assembly Bill 224, would criminalize the use of specific cell lines that have been used to develop life-saving medical treatment for decades.
This legislation would criminalize the current development of cures and treatments for the following conditions and diseases:
- Spontaneous pregnancy loss and recurrent miscarriages
- Down syndrome
- Maternal diseases of pregnancy, including preeclampsia, and other such conditions that limit human fertility and reproductive success, and prevent couples from having healthy babies
- Cancer treatments for diseases like childhood leukemia
- Improved transplant outcomes
- New and more effective vaccines for flu, tuberculosis or typhoid fever or against multi-drug resistance bacteria (so-called “flesh eating” bacteria)
- Heart attacks and sudden cardiac death
UW Health is part of Cures for Tomorrow, a non-partisan, voluntary group created to educate elected officials, opinion leaders, media and the public about the potential of biomedical research.
Cures for Tomorrow has produced a video to educate about the potential impact of proposed Assembly Bill 224. View the video below.
Date Published: 06/28/2013